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Sundance Review: ‘Kumiko The Treasure Hunter’ Is An Odd, Formally Striking Delight

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • January 23, 2014 1:42 PM
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Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter
Living in a cramped Tokyo apartment while holding down an unfulfilling job, the lonely and disenchanted Kumiko yearns for something deeper in her life. Much of her alienation stems from the weight of expectations around her. An “OL” (office lady) for a Japanese businessman, she mechanically goes through the motions of her job fetching him tea and dropping off and picking up his laundry. Quieter, and thus odder, than everyone else, Kumiko unfortunately stands out. Her fussy thinks it’s strange that a 29-year-old woman does not have a fiancé, husband or children and notes that by 30, most OLs have gone on to other careers. Does she have bigger plans? Is she thinking about her future? For the largely stuck-in-a-rut Kumiko, these are difficult questions not only to answer, but to address for herself.

On Set: Carl Rinsch's Ambitious Blockbuster '47 Ronin' Starring Keanu Reeves

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 4, 2013 12:00 PM
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47 Ronin, set visit
Things that have happened in the two-and-a-half years since I was on the set of Universal's hopeful Christmas blockbuster "47 Ronin" in June 2011: A presidential election, a government shutdown, three fall TV seasons, four Marvel movies, two "Fast & Furious" movies, two "Paranormal Activity" movies, three World Series, one complete Kim Kardashian marriage (and another engagement), the release of three albums by One Direction, and one fully-achieved Matthew McConaughey comeback. I've moved house four times, I've fallen in and out of love at least once, I've left my full-time job at The Playlist, and one couple I'm friends with have conceived and given birth to two whole children. What I'm saying is, this has been a long time coming.

Watch: 'Pacific Rim' Gag Reel Proves Guillermo Del Toro's Monster Movie Was At Least Fun To Make

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 8, 2013 12:30 PM
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Whether you thought Guillermo Del Toro's "Pacific Rim" was the most original blockbuster of the year (until you saw "Gravity") or a hodgepodge of the director's genre faves that didn't really step outside the clichés of the summer spectacle, there is no doubt that it was a massive undertaking. And while a highly technical, VFX driven movie can sometimes make for a set that is serious and focused on getting it right, especially with the large amounts of studio money on the line, most sets aren't run by del Toro.

First Look At Isabel Coixet's 'Another Me,' Lines Up New Film With Willem Dafoe, Juliette Binoche & Rinko Kikuchi

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 23, 2013 4:16 PM
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Another Me, Sophie Turner
The concept of doubles seems to be a major preoccupation of many filmmakers at the moment. Richard Ayoade and Denis Villeneuve brought "The Double" and "Enemy" to TIFF, and now Rome will get their own flavor of twin attraction.

Watch: Charlie Hunnam & Rinko Kikuchi Fight In New Clip From 'Pacific Rim'; Sean Astin Joins 'The Strain'

  • By Jason McDonald
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  • July 10, 2013 11:20 AM
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For a long while it seemed like Guillermo del Toro was attaching his name to everything he could, but nothing was really coming out of those announcements. He’d be attached to a film and then things would go dormant for a long time. “Pacific Rim” was one of those projects and the realization that the film’s release is about to arrive this week is hard to grasp. Thanks to the new clips, like the one below, the reality is quickly setting in.

Review: Guillermo Del Toro’s ‘Pacific Rim’

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • July 10, 2013 9:02 AM
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Lines are being drawn in the sand as we speak and people are taking sides. And if the chatter it so be believed, the entire fate of the movie industry rest in the hands of one very big, wet, hulking mass of a high-concept movie. It’s distracting, but one can’t really discuss Guillermo del Toro’s upcoming science-fiction action adventure “Pacific Rim” without addressing some of the baggage its arriving in theaters with this weekend. At least for a certain (probably very small) sect of the movie going public. If “Pacific Rim” fails, if this “original” movie cannot win at the box-office and if it (gasp) loses to the nefarious, made-from-pure-evil “Grown Ups 2” from comedy Satan himself Adam Sandler, the cinematic universe will implode and will come to an end. The LucasBerg prophecies shall come to pass, theatres will topple to the ground and 3D will melt off the screens with a bitter hiss. James Cameron will plummet past you in flames screaming as he falls to his fiery doom. Ladies and gentleman, if you do not see “Pacific Rim” this weekend, you are not doing your civic duty as a movie-loving cinephile and you are therefore siding with the forces of reboots, remakes, reups, sideways sequels and other tools of the Hollywood Devil.

Watch: New Epic Monster & Robot Filled Trailer For Guillermo Del Toro's 'Pacific Rim'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 29, 2013 2:06 PM
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Landing on our list of The Most Anticipated Blockbusters Of The 2013 Summer Season, "Pacific Rim" had been playing a bit cagey until this point, keeping the monsters mostly teased instead of shown, but today Warner Bros. has unleashed a helluva trailer which promises the monster vs. robot mayhem most have been hoping Guillermo Del Toro would be delivering.

New Images From 'Pacific Rim,' Rian Johnson Gives The Movie An Early Endorsement

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 3, 2013 4:47 PM
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While every other studio seems to be dropping some mad billz for Super Bowl spots, Warner Bros. are politely sitting on the sidelines today. So, sorry, you won't be seeing anything for "Man Of Steel," "The Great Gatsby," "The Hangover Part III" or "Pacific Rim." But as a small concession of sorts, they've dropped some new images for the latter.

Watch: First Trailer For Guillermo Del Toro's Monster Mash 'Pacific Rim'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 12, 2012 7:11 PM
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There's a lot of big hitters arriving in theaters next summer; "Iron Man 3," "Man Of Steel," "The Lone Ranger," "Star Trek Into Darkness," "The Great Gatsby," "The Wolverine," "Elysium." But if you'd asked us this morning what our most anticipated film of the warm months of 2013 was going to be, we wouldn't have even had to think before we answered "Pacific Rim." For the most part, it's because it's the first film in five years from director Guillermo Del Toro ("Pan's Labyrinth"). Although that it features giant robots and giant monsters kicking the holy living shit out of each other, and that it has a very strong script to be working from are other good reasons why we're excited (and why Warner Bros have already commissioned a script for a sequel).

First Image Of Charlie Hunnam & Rinko Kikuchi In Guillermo Del Toro's 'Pacific Rim'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 3, 2012 1:31 PM
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We're a few short weeks from Comic-Con, where geeks will have their minds blown by cosplay girls by oodles of footage, images and other goodies unveiled by studios and filmmakers, as they hawk their genre wares. And Guillermo del Toro, a longstanding fixture in San Diego, is set to return, but this time with a brand new film, his first since 2008's "Hellboy II: The Golden Army." And while there will likely be much more on the Comic-Con floor, we'll take what we can get for now.

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